In memory of
Clemmie McLaughlin Charleston - Clemmie L. McLaughlin, 100, of Charleston, entered into eternal rest Wednesday, October 12, 2016. The relatives and friends of Clemmie L. McLaughlin are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 AM Monday, October 17, 2016, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 5 St. Teresa Drive, Charleston. The Rite of Committal will follow at St. Lawrence Cemetery, 60 Huguenin Avenue, Charleston. The family will receive friends between 4:00 and 6:00 PM Sunday at the James A. McAlister Funeral Home, 1620 Savannah Hwy. The Rosary will be recited at 5:30 PM Sunday evening. Online Condolences may be offered at www.CharlestonFunerals.com . Clemmie had celebrated her 100th birthday on August 13, 2016, surrounded by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends. She radiated joy on this day and was fully present in mind and spirit. She had confided to a few "I will celebrate my birthday and then I am done". We smile now as we think of her strong will and ability to carry through with her plans. Clemmie was born in Holly Hill, SC, the daughter of Osborn and Marie Jeffers. She is survived by one brother, John D. Jeffers (J.D.) and predeceased by 2 sisters and 7 brothers. She was married in 1934 to Joseph F. McLaughlin and lived her remaining years in Charleston. Clemmie was the proud mother of eight. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph and son, Timothy L. McLaughlin (Kathy). Surviving are her children: Bernard F. McLaughlin (Joyce), Robert M. McLaughlin (Somay), Marie M. Lillvik (Carl), Joseph C. McLaughlin (Lucretia), Kathleen E. McLaughlin, Mary Jane Kelly (Raymond), Michael P. McLaughlin, fifteen grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Clemmie often smiled when she would tell the story of how many people would say to her "you are 100?"; It was hard for anyone to believe. She was proud in her appearance, and her mind was that of a much younger person. She spent these many years taking care of her family. Becoming a widow at the very young age of 50, she reentered the work force and became manager of the Lingerie Department at Kerrison's Department Store. She was rightfully very proud of this accomplishment. In later years, she enjoyed traveling with a group to many parts of this country and abroad. Clemmie gave of her time in many volunteer positions throughout the city she loved so much. She spoke often and highly of Mayor Joe Riley and what he did for the city. Of all her volunteer jobs, she was especially fond of selling tickets at the Dock Street Theater. Her Catholic Church and community of Blessed Sacrament were an important part of her life; again, volunteering and being a part of many committees, one of which was the Bereavement Committee. Clemmie was a charter member of the Perpetual Adoration Society and remained active until her death. The Low Country Senior Center was a great place for her to meet friends - new and old alike. You could always depend upon her to set up the monthly "Tea" where the members gathered and enjoyed refreshments and many laughs. Clemmie will be missed by family and friends. We celebrate her life and are grateful for a long, blessed life she had with us all. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Father McCarthy Education Fund, c/o Blessed Sacrament School, 7 St. Teresa Drive, Charleston, SC 29407. Arrangements by James A. McAlister, (843) 766-1365. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston
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